an approach grounded in community-based participatory research practices: throughout this process, schools, local stakeholders and communities identify local relevant challenges, and transform them into relevant research and innovation projects.
Department de l'Instruction Publique / Schools which struggle with science teaching because of socio-economic factors / The way of teaching science / School dropouts / Citizens' commitment to the environment / Ourselves.
OSHub-CH is based in Geneva, integrating a canton where 60% of the population hold a foreign passport and that relies heavily on French frontaliers workers. OSHub-CH will work on this unique diversity to:
- develop inclusive educational programmes;
- raise awareness about the multidisciplinary societal challenges;
- analyse and propose improvements to interregional issues (France-Switzerland).
To achieve these goals, OSHub will focus on specific territorial challenges. Particularly, the Geneva canton is characterized by freshwater abundance - whose quality is greatly valued by citizens - and depends highly on this resource for industry, agriculture, fishing, tourism and culture. Thus, freshwater preservation requires a multi-stakeholder (from beachgoers to fishermen), multi-regional and transnational approach (France-Switzerland).
Schools will develop floating stations to monitor the quality of water in rivers and in the lake Lèman. Schools and the Fab Lab Onl’fait will work closely with the association Maison de la Rivière, the engineering school HEPIA, the regional office for water management and other stakeholders to identify the scientific objectives of the mission, build and install the stations, analyse and communicate the results. Thanks to this research-type approach, students will understand the variety of profiles and competences needed to tackle such a broad issue and will understand the importance of science & technology, collaboration and communication.